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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: June 16-17

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘Seussical’

June 16, 2 and 7:30 pm; June 17, 2 pm

Bluett Theater of St. Joseph’s University, 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Wolf Performing Arts Center students in sixth through 12th grades put on the charming show based on the family favorite author.

Parks on Tap: Belmont Plateau

June 16—17

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr., Philadelphia

 

“A place called the Plateau is where everybody goes.” Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this West Fairmount Park destination this week and through the weekend, so you can pair your drinks with beautiful views of the city! Feeling adventurous? Come on Saturday, June 16 to discover and explore six historic houses, their architecture, and history, on a fun and engaging 3.5-hour scavenger hunt in Fairmount Park from 9 am—1 pm.

Flag Day and Father’s Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

June 14—17

101 South Third St., Philadelphia

 

In honor of Flag Day, the museum will bring out the rare surviving flag that was George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief’s Standard, and display it in the Patriots Gallery all weekend. There will also be lots of hands-on activities throughout the weekend. You can also participate in an interactive “capture the flag” challenge in the museum’s galleries, and take this opportunity to visit the museum’s new Revolution Place family discovery center. And for a unique Father’s Day celebration, you can reserve your seat to have breakfast with with General George Washington on Saturday morning.

Treat Dad at the Barnes Foundation

June 16–17

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Barnes with a tour of their special exhibit “Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema” for you and your dad. Book online under the promo, or mention “Treat Dad” over the phone or on-site, and Dad gets in free!

‘Aladdin’

June 13 — July 1

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Broadway Philadelphia brings the stage musical version of the classic Disney movie musical to Philly! Read our review here.

Saturday

Eid al-Fitr Festival at Please Touch Museum 

June 16, 9 am–5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the end of Ramadan and the new moon with stories, art, and science. Come for some very special storytimes, a collaborative art project with local artist Ameerah Khabir, an Arabic dance workshop, chef-led cooking demos, and more!

Stars and Stripes Saturday at Betsy Ross House

June 16, 10 am–5 pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

To cap off their week-long Flag Day celebration, the Betsy Ross House will host a day filled with carnival with games, live entertainment, and more.

Father’s Day at Nest

June 16, 10 am—noon

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Come for a morning of open play, crafts and live music with Miss Devin. Kids can make a card for Dad and bring home some special surprises for Father’s Day! The event is free for Nest members, $20 for non-members (includes day pass to the Playspace).

Community Gardens Day

June 16, 10 am—2 pm

 

Celebrate summer’s arrival as 60 vibrant and unique community gardens and shared open spaces welcome you to participate in an array of engaging activities for all ages— from garden tours, workshops and demonstrations to music, kid’s activities, and BBQs. Download their map to see all the participating gardens, and which activities each is hosting!

Author and Illustrator Steve Light at Baby Wordplay

June 16

10 am, 2227 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia

11:30 am, 1942 Brandywine St., Philadelphia

 

Steve Light will be there for special storytimes at both Baby Wordplay locations with storytelling and book signings.

Bloomsday at the Rosenbach

June 16, 11 am—8 pm

2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses. This free festival features A day-long reading of Ulysses by various public figures, musical performances inspired by the novel, free admission to the Rosenbach, a beer garden, and food vendors.

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

June 16, 11 am—7 pm

43rd and Baltimore, Philadelphia

 

Come for a day of live music, arts vendors, kids’ activities, and food trucks.

Father’s Day Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

June 16, noon—2 pm

701 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The museum will host interactive workshops for ages 5 and up. From noon—1 pm, there’s a “Dad Comic Drawing Workshop.” Then at 1 pm, stick around for a percussion music workshop and performance with Clayton Carothers. Admission is free for the first 250 visitors.

‘The Wiggles’

June 16, 4 pm (12:30 pm showtime is sold out)

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

See your kids’ favorite friends from Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! in a live stage show that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing!

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival at Johnson House Historic Site

June 16, noon—8 pm

6300 Block of Germantown Avenue (between Washington Lane and Johnson Street), Philadelphia

 

The celebration starts with an 11 am Freedom Walk along Germantown Avenue to the Johnson House Historic Site where there will be a free family-friendly festival all day. The festival will have live entertainment like praise dancers, historical reenactments, drumming, and more. There will also be a children’s village, a beer garden, a cultural marketplace, and tours of the historic sites. Find more Juneteenth celebrations here.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

June 16, 11 am—3pm

Bartram’s Gardens’ Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia

 

Bartram’s Garden will provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. Choose from a kayak (for 30 minutes) or rowboat (for 45 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Seafarin’ Saturday

June 16, 11 am—1 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

 

Learn how telescopes were used at sea for navigation, and make your own.

Father’s Day in the Workshop on the Water at Independence Seaport Museum

June 16, 1 — 5 pm

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Build a toolbox with traditional woodworking tools. Guided sessions will take place every hour. $20 fee includes one tool kit to build your toolbox and admits one child to the museum. This workshop is recommended for kids age 6 and up.

Father’s Day Boutonniere Workshop

June 16, 1:30 — 3 pm

Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This class is open to adults, as well as kids in eighth grade and up.  Martha Keen, Wyck’s Horticulturist and Landscape Manager, will teach students the history of boutonnieres and how to make them. Participants will leave with two finished pieces of their own making.  All materials and supplies will be provided, but bring a pair of pruners and a hot glue gun if you own them.

Family Fishing Night at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

June 16, 3—6 pm

8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Fish for free, while volunteers and staff help you out if you’re a beginner. Limited rods and bait will be available, or you can bring your own! No license needed.

Sunday

Drop-In Baby Bubbles

June 17, 9–10 am

Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia 

 

The hour-long class, open to little ones age 5 months to 3 years, incorporates honed techniques developed by Holly Waters to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun, and supervised setting. A parent is required to be in the pool with the child.

Father’s Day Beer Swap and Bagels at PlayArts

June 17, 10 am—noon

1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Bring a six-pack of your favorite beers to trade, swap, and chat about in PlayArts’ “dad lounge” in the back. There will also be complimentary bagels. The event is free; drop-in rates apply for the playspace.

Father’s Day BBQ at the Zoo

June 17; seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Choose from three available seating times and enjoy a delicious unlimited barbecue buffet in the zoo’s private pavilion. During your meal, get up-close with some of the animals and learn about their paternal instincts and behavior from the zoo’s education staff.

Family Time at Philadelphia Museum of Art

June 17, 11 am—3 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 

 

This week’s theme is “Things that Go.” Come for a family tour at 11 am, then stop by the Family Art Cart to continue the theme with games and art projects.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

June 17, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

June 17, 11 am–1 pm

Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St., Philadelphia

 

For older kids who want to delve deeper into game development, Franklin Institute will host a beginners’ coding workshop (using Scratch, naturally) for kids ages 10-13, to complement their “Game Masters” exhibit celebrating gaming.

Father’s Day BBQ at Penguin Park

June 17, 6–8 pm

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey

 

Treat Dad to a truly unique Father’s Day experience – enjoy a BBQ outside, in Adventure Aquarium’s all new Penguin Park with a buffet, DJ dance party, new nautical-themed soft play area for kids, the largest colony of African penguins ever at Adventure Aquarium, and more.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Day Out With Thomas

June 16—24

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Rd., Ronks

 

This family-favorite event features a ride with Thomas, offers the opportunity to ride with Percy, and is packed with extra Thomas-related activities like an Imagination Station and storytelling. Families also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt. A must-do for any Thomas fan!

Father’s Day Weekend Fan Fest at Sesame Place

June 16—17

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Meet the Philadelphia 76ers mascot, Franklin on Saturday, and Phillies alum Dickie Noles and the Phillies Ballgirls on Sunday! There will be specials all weekend, and your favorite Sesame Street characters will be dressed up in sports gear!

Great American Backyard Campout at The Willows Park

June 16, 1 pm-June 17, 9 am

490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova

 

Bring your own camping supplies, and learn how to pitch a tent, build a fire, and more. There will also be a hike through The Willows. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

Father’s Day Camp-Out at Riverbend

June 16, 6 pm—June 17, 9 am

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Bring your own tent and sleeping bags, and Riverbend staff will help you set up your tent, build the campfire, provide the food, and lead a night time program. This is a great event for beginner and experienced campers alike, and is sure to be a memorable evening. Cost is $100 per family (member discounts apply), and you must register in advance.

LEGO Minifigure 40th Birthday

June 16—17

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

This LEGOtastic birthday bash will be filled to the brim with all things Minifigures. There will be scavenger hunts, master builds, costumed character meet-and-greets, dance parties, and more.

Saturday

Baking With a Drag Queen

June 16, 1 — 2 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

 

Join to make peach cobbler with Miss June Peaches. Work along with June as you put together your own cobbler to bring home to bake. All ingredients and baking dish will be provided; please specify if you need dairy free ingredients. Registration required. An adult is required to remain in the program.

Stream Splash at Tyler Arboretum

June 16, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Hop in the stream and look for creatures in their natural habitat! Water shoes are recommended. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Free for members.

Annual March Out of the Continental Army Commemoration

June 16, 10—11:30 am

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

 

Walk in the footsteps of the Continental Army along the historic trace road they used as they departed Valley Forge in June of 1778. Along the way interpreters in continental uniform will explain the events at Valley Forge that allowed the army to turn things around and successfully engage the British. The march begins in Artillery Park. Feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy on the park grounds after the march!

Kids Fest

June 16, 10 am — 1 pm

Great Valley Middle School, 255 North Phoenixville Pike, Malvern

 

State Representative Duane Milne will host this event packed with kid-friendly activities. Come for the rolling video game stations, the rock wall, meet Darth Vader, get a balloon animal and more.

Stormtroopers Summer Kick-Off 

June 16, 10 am — noon

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen

 

Members the 501st Battalion of Garrison Carida will be on-hand to encourage you to register for SummerQuest, our summer learning program. Refreshments and photo ops. Costumes encouraged.

Enchanted Summer Day at Winterthur

June 16, 10 am—3 pm

5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE

 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a full day of imaginative play and outdoor fun in Enchanted Woods. There will be storytellers, musicians, face painting, games, crafts, and more.

Bubble Festival

June 16, 11:30 am — 3 pm

Valley Forge Baptist, 616 S. Trappe Road, Collegeville

 

Come watch Grandpop Bubbles perform his amazing ‘Bubble Festival,’ and don’t miss the yummy food trucks.

Family Fun Day

June 16, noon –4 pm

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown

 

Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, carnival games, moon bounce, visits with the Ryerss horses, and food.

Goldfish Swim School Malvern Grand Opening Party

June 16, 2—5 pm

309 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern

 

Celebrate Goldfish Swim School’s grand opening with open family swim, raffle prizes, balloons, games, arts and crafts, refreshments, and more.

Star Party

June 16, 8:30 — 10:30 pm

Nottingham Park, 150 Park Road, Nottingham

 

Join the Chester County Astronomical Society for a guided tour of the planets, constellations and other visible features.  See all of this through high-powered telescopes.

Sunday

Fathers Fish Free at Linvilla Orchards

June 17

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Dads fish free with paid child’s admission. Plus, you can stay to pick your own strawberries, with a hayride to the picking fields!

FatherFest at American Helicopter Museum 

June 17, 10 am–3 pm

1220 American Blvd., West Chester

 

This event features helicopters and birds of prey, as well as live entertainment, food trucks, and a beer garden. For an additional cost, treat Dad to an amazing helicopter ride!

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Grateful Dead for Kids!

June 17, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (doors 30 minutes before showtime)

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! This Father’s Day concert features the music of the Grateful Dead, and was so popular that they added a second showtime!

The ‘Daring Dad’ Scavenger Hunt

June 17, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton

 

Bring Dad to the park for a challenging nature scavenger hunt. He’ll have to follow a series of clues to find the items or answer questions (families are welcome to help him in the quest), and win prizes. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

 

Assistant Editor Sarah L. Bender contributed to this report.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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